A loan of $550 helped to buy sausages, salsa, vegetables and a microwave oven.

Ruth Maria's story

Ruth undertook her primary business after gaining experience with her nephew. She learned how to keep her earnings separate from the ones that sustain her household. Her household is comprised of her two children, ages 27 and 28, and herself. Selling prepared food is a tradition in her family. The art of preparing food quickly is very useful and profitable for Ruth. With practice she is able to do it better. She sells prepared food in the evening and on festival days. On these days she can increase her sales. She is actually applying for her first loan with KIVA. This is also her first loan with the Mario Santo Domingo Foundation. With this loan she will buy sausages, salsa, vegetables and a microwave oven. Among the delicious food she prepares are hamburgers, hot dogs, potato chips and food items that she invented with the help of her loyal customers.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Esther Levandoski

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